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Associate of Occupational Science

Occupational Therapy Assistant

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Why Stanbridge

Brought to life with real-world therapy equipment, expert faculty, and technology, you'll achieve mastery over the techniques and core concepts needed to pass the NBCOT-COTA exam and thrive in a modern OT career.

  • 90% OTA pass rate in 20181
  • Innovative learning with virtual reality, telemedicine, and synthetic cadavers
  • Experienced and caring faculty

Overview & Accreditation

Find your calling as an Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)

Make a difference in everyday lives. In the Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant program, you will learn the foundational skills to help people with physical or mental limitations live fuller, more meaningful, and more independent lives. Work hands-on in real-world environments with industry/s latest technology and equipment as you discover an exciting, rewarding career.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) through 2018/2019 in Orange County. The Stanbridge University - Los Angeles, Alhambra Branch Campus Occupational Therapy Assistant program is pending accreditation. AOTA is located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE's telephone number, c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.

Applicants must be aware that felony convictions and other character issues could disqualify them from taking the NBCOT exam, as well as individual state licenses. For more information regarding this and other certification questions, or to obtain an Early Determination Review prior to starting your program, please contact the NBCOT at:

Credentialing Services at NBCOT
12 S. Summit Avenue, Suite 100,
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877. Phone: (301) 990-7979.
Email: character.review@nbcot.org

Admissions

Take the first step for your future

Stanbridge University accepts applications for admission to our diploma and degree programs on an open enrollment basis. To apply, please visit the Stanbridge University Portal to access the application form. Your Admissions Representative will provide you with details for each step.

  • Complete an online application form. Click here to start.
  • Meet with your Admissions Representative for a personal tour of the campus.
  • Take the entrance exam appropriate for your educational level and program.
  • Provide proof of high school graduation, a GED or a higher degree.
  • Take the Online Readiness Quiz. Click here to start.
  • Complete entrance questionnaire.
  • Attend an interview with a designated member of the OTA faculty.
  • Meet with a Financial Aid Representative to review your tuition funding options.
  • Complete enrollment paperwork.
  • Attend an orientation prior to the start of your program. In the orientation, you receive important information to help you begin your classes and manage your time at Stanbridge University.

To learn for about transfer credit information, please visit catalog.stanbridge.edu.

Schedule

Schedule options that fit your life

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program’s full-time schedule is offered at the Orange County and Los Angeles campuses. The part-time schedule may not be available for some years at either campus.3

PROGRAM DURATION2

108 Quarter Credit Hours (The approximate time to complete the program will vary according to the start and end dates of a cohort and ranges from 23 – 24 months for full time and 29 –30 months for part time, including national holidays, breaks between terms and Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks. Schedules will be provided upon orientation.)

PROGRAM SCHEDULE3

Full-Time:

Three to four days per week
Theory Classes 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Lab Classes 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Offsite Fieldwork
Monday - Friday
8 hour shifts, time dependent on clinical facility

Program Review Course

3 days per week
8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

One or more courses in this program are delivered online. Please take the Online Readiness Quiz to determine whether you can meet the hardware, software, and competency requirements for taking online courses.

Financial Aid

Finding the Right Fit for You

A diploma or degree can open doors to exciting career opportunities, and greatly increase your earning potential. We understand that funding your studies can be overwhelming, which is why Stanbridge University has a dedicated Financial Aid team to help you find the best financial aid package for your needs.

Federal Financial Aid Programs

Stanbridge University has the following federal financial aid programs available to those who qualify.

  • Federal Pell Grants
  • Federal Direct Loan
  • Federal Direct Subsidized Stafford Loan
  • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan
  • Federal Direct Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)

Read more about these options in the Stanbridge University Catalog.

Cal Grants

Stanbridge University also participates in Cal Grants. Cal Grants are awarded to those who qualify by the California Student Aid Commission. Read more about these options in the Stanbridge University Catalog.

Private Education Loans

Stanbridge offers private loans through various lending institutions including Sallie Mae, College Avenue Student Loans and the Ascent Loan Program to those who qualify. FASTChoice makes learning more about private loans easy to understand, so you can determine what works best for you. Learn more at www.fastproducts.org.

How to Start Your Financial Aid Process

Get the most out of your meeting with our Financial Aid team by first creating your Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) and completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Our team is here to answer questions as you submit your forms and plan for your financial aid package.

FAFSA Application:
Orange County Campus School Code: 038893
Los Angeles Branch Campus School Code: E40465

Learn more and get step by step instructions on the FSA and FASFA at the Federal Student Aid YouTube channel.

WIOA Title-I financial assistance programs and activities are an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request for individuals with disabilities.

NBCOT and Retention Rates

The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT®) is a not-for-profit credentialing agency that provides certification for the occupational therapy profession. The NBCOT-COTA examination serves the public interest by developing, administering, and continually reviewing a certification process that reflects current standards of competent practice in occupational therapy. As one of the final milestones before becoming a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, the examination’s questions focus on your ability to make decisions in various patient care scenarios under critical conditions. The COTA exam requires that you understand the basic principles of occupational therapy, client-centered intervention plans, evidence-based practice interventions and overall professional standards.

With a 90% OTA pass rate in 20181, we’re committed to your preparation for certification. You’ll receive a cumulative review and exit exams followed by a comprehensive end-of-program review and NBCOT-COTA exam preparation. These services are provided at no additional charge to our students.

RESULTS OF NATIONAL BOARD FOR CERTIFICATION IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY (NBCOT) EXAMINATION - ORANGE COUNTY CAMPUS ONLY

Annual Retention Rates - Orange County Campus Only

Graduation Year Students Entering/Graduating Graduation Rate
2016 105/96 91%
2017 135/120 89%
2018 138/112 81%
Total 378/328 87%

The Alhambra, Los Angeles branch campus does not yet have OTA graduates and therefore has no current pass rates.

Student Support Services

At every step of the journey

Stanbridge University is committed to helping you achieve educational excellence through innovative, rigorous, and accessible programs with a student-centric, holistic support framework. From day one of orientation until well after graduation, our goal is to support each student, who will then go on to transform thousands of lives.

From the Very Start

Student support is woven into the very fabric of academic life from day one of your comprehensive, three-day orientation. At orientation, you will meet your support teams and fellow classmates who will join you as you journey towards your fullest potential.

Laying the Foundation for Success

Within your first year at Stanbridge®, you will have exclusive access to signature seminars designed to assist with goal setting, time management, academic discipline and integrity, positive communication, managing stress, and much more.

Support When You Need It Most

No matter how you learn, we offer tutoring solutions at no additional cost to help you succeed. Tutoring options include one-on-one and group tutoring with current students, alumni, and caring, dedicated faculty for your program. Additionally, you can access virtual tutoring from anywhere, conveniently integrating learning into every day life.

A Team You Can Count On

Student Services Officers

Your individual, dedicated Student Services Officer (SSO) is assigned to you from the first day of orientation. Your SSO is ready to provide highly individualized support with academic and personal development, offering assistance and guiding you through your program.

Student Success Coordinators and Retention Specialists

You’ll be able to work alongside student success coordinators and retention specialists who are committed to helping you succeed through individual mentorship and coaching. These specialists dedicate time and energy to meeting your needs as you progress toward achieving your educational and career goals.

Academic Assistance

In the Learning Resource Center, you can hone your writing, research, and critical thinking skills with the expert assistance of our on-campus librarian and writing specialist. Meet and collaborate with fellow students, tutors, and academic success specialists in your go-to location for all things academia.

Stanbridge Student Assistance Program

We are committed to not only your success as a student, but also your personal well-being. Through the Stanbridge Student Assistance Program, you will have access to free counseling services in order to help with a wide variety of difficult situations, including stress, depression and anxiety, family conflict, alcohol and drug abuse, identity theft, daycare issues, and more.

Help at the Click of a Button

We strive to create an environment where you can pursue your passion to the fullest. To this end, we provide convenient online workshops to enhance and enrich your student experience. You can delve into both academic and personal development workshops on a schedule that works for you.

Always Growing

Monthly Academic Success and Excellence (ASE) workshops offer you assistance with important real-life topics such as handling holiday stress, relationship health, academic burnout, increasing self-confidence, and clinical skillsets such as motivational interviewing. Further your understanding of yourself as you grow into a well-rounded future leader.

Become the Best You Can Be

OutREACH

We believe that every student has the power to change the world. You will have the opportunity to enrich your academic and personal development through rewarding community service projects. Learn, develop, and train for your future while you transform the local and global community for the greater good.

Student Organizations

Campus life at Stanbridge creates a lifelong community. By joining a student organization, you can practice, develop, and hone effective leadership skills and gain exclusive access to professional networking and leadership events that provide valuable career preparation.

Student Leadership Development

Become a new kind of leader, ready and able to meet the needs of a fast-paced, demanding industry. At the biannual two-day Stanbridge Student Leadership Summit, you will explore the values, skills and professional behaviors required as you learn alongside accomplished leaders.

Career Services

Your future starts now

From your first day of orientation until long after your educational journey, our dedicated Career Services team is here to help. You will be paired with an individual Career Services Officer (CSO) who will offer one-on-one guidance with resume preparation, portfolio development, and practice interviews. The highest quality employers are looking for someone just like you – you can find your dream career through the help of your CSO.

Career Advising

From the beginning of your program you’re paired with a Career Service Officer to help guide you with career advising and preparation. In each term of your program, you’ll work with your Career Service Officer on specific goals including resume and portfolio building, networking, and interviewing. Our goal is to help you prepare for a seamless transition to a rewarding career.

Digital Portfolio Builder

As an exclusive resource to our students and graduates, the Stanbridge University Digital Portfolio Builder helps you organize and present your academic experience from Stanbridge University and professional achievements into a modern and sleek online portfolio. As you progress, your academic achievements including GPA, completed courses, community service activities, and continuing education certifications are automatically updated in your portfolio. Along with guidance from your Career Service Officer, you can easily add and edit your achievements. The Digital Portfolio Builder also automatically creates a resume for you from the data collected during the portfolio creation process. You can email your digital portfolio in a single link to your future, potential employers for a unique and strong first impression.

Mock Interview Sessions

Our Career Services department guides students and graduates through personality mapping, salary negotiations, role-playing, and other specialized interview techniques to enable them to take control of the job interview. We make sure you’re confident to put your best foot forward.

LinkedIn Profile and Networking

LinkedIn is an essential tool for any active job-seeker. Career Services works with students and graduates to build LinkedIn networks to connect them to colleagues and potential employers.

Job Leads

Graduates receive access to continually updated job listings and career opportunities, including recruiting organizations and Southern California companies with whom we have built relationships.

Alumni Services

From a highly networked, vibrant Alumni Association to proven career services and exclusive alumni workshops, we are committed to your success as a graduate. You can network professionally, attend development workshops, and take part in fun community-building events. From the moment you cross the stage to every moment after, we’re there to help prep and propel you toward that next big thing.

90%

OTA pass rate in 20181

Your path to licensure starts here.

From your first term to graduation and beyond, you’ll take practice tests, receive online mentorship, and attend subject-specific reviews. Every touchpoint is designed to build your confidence toward licensure.

Your path to licensure starts here.

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